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The Belles & Gents Lounge at Indie Wed

We have mentioned the Belles & Gents Lounge before briefly but now that Indie Wed is 2 weeks away, I wanted to share all the wonderful goodness that will be at the event.  I asked the fabulous Beth Bernstein of SQN Events to coordinate the lounge for me and boy does she have some tricks up her sleeve!

Belles & Gents Lounge at Indie Wed.  Photos by Simply Jessie Photography

photos by Simply Jessie Photography

Inspired by whiskey bars from days of old, the lounge will be the perfect mix of feminine and masculine, comfortable enough for any guest.  Think rustic whiskey barrels softened by wispy floral arrangements.  Can you picture it?  Well to entice you just a bit more, here is a list of the fab vendors who will be participating in the lounge.  Many of them also have booths on the first and second floors as well (denoted by *).

A La Crate*, AGED Vintage Rentals* & Nimble Well* will each be providing unique vintage pieces for the space including a super comfy and cozy seating area.  Amelia Street Studio* is one killer cinematography studio and has some videos one large TV’s for your viewing pleasure.  See all the little touches in the photos above like the logo and those custom beer labels?  Those were done by Courtney Callahan Paper* who has even more goodies planned.  Want to see some eye candy (or cake is it?) while you are there?  Elysia Root Cakes* is creating the most fabulous Groom’s cake ever.  I can’t tell you what it is, but it fits the theme perfectly.  Fleur is providing all the wonderful florals for the space.  Our pals at Goose Island Catering have some food and beer pairings planned that will fill your belly and put a smile on your face.  Julia Franzosa Photography* will be there documenting the event.  OPEN by Shutterbooth will have a space set up where you can snap a few pics to remember your time there. Beth at SQN Events will be there to make sure the day runs smoothly and all guests are taken care of. Toast & Jam* will be spinning some tunes and who knows… some spontaneous dancing might take place. Femme du Coupe will help you wet your whistle with some tasty ‘mocktails’.  Lastly truffle truffle will have an assortment of sweets to sample.

Doesn’t this sound like the prefect way to spend an afternoon?  We think so.  But you can’t enjoy the party if you don’t have tickets.  They are going fast, with just 2 weeks left.  Reserve yours today.  

1 In Events/ Inspiration/ Lounge

Belles & Gents Lounge

If you attended the winter Indie Wed event last winter, you may recall as sweet little display on the second floor.  Dubbed the “Belles & Gents Bar“, the installation was for our Inspired Creations contest.  Well we loved it so much that we are teaming up with Beth from SQN Events to essentially “blow out” this concept into a full fledged lounge on the third floor.  Imagine a relaxed, old-fashioned styled, co-ed bar where guests can chat it up while sipping on some refreshing libations.  A rustic wood bar holds a bevy of sweets &  handcrafted beers just for starters.    Relax on a comfortable worn-in leather sofa while mingling with other guests….

This is the type of space we are aiming to create.  It will be a retreat for attendees who need a break from chatting with vendor after vendor and just want to relax.  Beth is working hard to make it a really special space so I don’t want to spill all the beans just yet.  I can say that there will be some wonderful displays and treats from the likes of FleurCourtney Callahan Paper, & Truffle Truffle.  Everything else is still under wraps.

Not only will this be a wonderful place for the gals to relax but Beth has got some special things up her sleeves for the guys too.  We can’t wait!

If this wasn’t reason enough to attend, I don’t know what is.  Tickets are now on sale.  Don’t miss out!

3 In Ceremony/ Inspiration/ Photography/ Real Weddings/ Reception/ Vintage

Real Wedding: Shannon & Joe

With all the weddings that I have been involved with, through matching couples to vendors at an event, designing invitations through Paper Stories, or highlighting weddings here, there are few that are as special to me personally as this one.  This next wedding is one of my favorites for many reasons.  1.It is one I actually had the honor of attending.  2.Many of the vendors involved are Indie Wed alum and have become friends.  3.The couple, Joe & Shannon, are two of my most favorite people in the whole world!  If Shannon looks familiar it is because over the last few years she has been a great help with the Indie Wed events and someone I couldn’t have done without.

Photographer, Colin Lyons, sent over the photos for this November 2011 wedding which took place at Salvage One.  It is always great to see Colin and I loved seeing him in action, snapping away.  You may have had a chance to see more of his work at the last Indie Wed event where he was a vendor.  Shannon & Joe were married downstairs at this architectural salvage warehouse among a sky of chandeliers, pillars and beautiful carved pews for the guests.  A close friend of the couple was ordained just so he could marry them.  It was so special for everyone involved and equally special to witness.  The ceremony was touching but just like the couple, filled with lots of joy and laughs too.

The wedding party looked absolutely stunning.  The bridesmaids had these wonderful Jenny Yoo dresses.  The colors for the wedding were a mix of yellows and grays and while everyone coordinated, they each had their own sense of individuality.  It is hard to tell in a photo but all the dresses, especially Shannon’s, were gorgeous.

One thing about Shannon and Joe I loved, was that they really wanted to really make the event personal.  They had so many whimsical and handmade touches, from the invites that Shannon designed and we printed on my antique letterpress (she actually learned fast and did most of the printing herself!), to the ring pillow in the shape of their beloved Weimaraner Walter, to the couple’s friend who crafted all the beer for their cocktail hour.  After the ceremony everyone mingled downstairs during cocktails and appetizers while the upstairs was being set.

As guests filtered upstairs, they were treated to a hodge-podge of all sorts of awesomeness.  All the mismatched tables and chairs came from Salvage One’s current collection and filled the space beautifully.  It was exciting to walk around, wondering what sort of table you might end up at… the antique farm table or the retro Formica one?  Either way, you weren’t disappointed.  Lynn from Pollen created some amazing arrangements which were organic and unfussy… each one different yet complimenting it’s surroundings.  She used a mix of yellows and greens, some in vases, some tucked in terrariums.

One of the most wonderful things to see at the reception were the vintage mismatched china, awaiting each person as they sat down.  When I first met Shannon she had mentioned this idea she (and her maid of honor Sarah-shown giving speech above) had about collecting vintage china.  Both of the girls were getting married at the end of 2011 and really loved the idea of using the china at their weddings.  Since they couldn’t find any local sources that rented mismatched china they started their collection.  What they also realized was that there were probably other brides who also shared their love for rescued crockery and so they started Plate: Vintage Crockery Rental & Rescue.   So in addition to planning two weddings last year, they also began renting out their pieces to couples all over the country.  (Did you know they have to handwash each plate because of their delicate nature?)  Knowing how hard these gals (and their spouses) have worked on this business, getting to see the end result in action was breathtaking.

Everything about the reception was lovely.  The food was so yummy.  As a vegetarian, sometimes we get stuck with just a few side dishes at receptions but Shannon made sure every guest had enough to eat.  All the food was terrific, seasonal, and belly-warming.  My favorite part of dinner was the speeches.  They were so touching and totally had me tearing up.  They were funny, poignant, and memorable.  After dinner, we made our way to the dessert stations for cupcakes, coffee, and pie pops!  There is nothing better than a personal, seasonal pecan pie on a stick!  When bellies were full, everyone worked it off on the dance floor.  This couple has some serious moves!  Shannon’s dad also built an adorable photo booth backdrop and Colin had it set up so people could pose and snap away.  Shannon & Joe provided plenty of props and smiles too.

I am just over the moon thrilled for this couple and am happy to show just a few of the wonderful images from the evening.  Aren’t they just adorable?

Hair Stylist:  Tsubo Salon
 Maison Cuisine
Favors and Gifts:  The Left Bank
Floral Designer:  Pollen
Reception Venue:  Salvage One
Cinema and Video:  One Fine Day Productions
Dress Designer:  Jenny Yoo Collection
Cake Designer:  Molly’s Cupcakes
Lighting:  Art of Imagination
Makeup Artist:  Nika Vaughan, Makeup Artist
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere
0 In Contests & Giveaways/ Decor/ Inspiration

Vote for Your Favorite Team – Inspired Creations Contest

If you followed our posts a month or so ago where we introduced you to our Inspired Creations Contest teams, then you would know what sort of talented folks we were working with.

Well the contest is complete, all of the concepts came to life at the most recent Indie Wed event, and now it is time to place your vote.  Each of the entries have been featured in full at the Elizabeth Anne Designs blog.  Please visit each link to see the entry in full.  To vote for your favorite, leave a comment on the EAD blog with the respective post.

Team #1
French Tea Party Dessert Table

Team #2
Belles & Gents Bar 

Team #3
The Ultimate Photo Booth


Team #4
Vintage Hot Air Balloon Inspired 

Team #5
Whimsical Salvage Chic Ceremony


Team #6
Cozy Winter Tabletop


When looking at all the entries in full, keep in mind that all the teams were assigned their locations and didn’t really have a say in where they could set up.  For some this meant dealing with things like vintage neon signs in the corner, or less than natural light.  Also, what you don’t see is that all the displays were created amongst 100+ other vendors’ booths with about over a thousand people walking around throughout the day.  Yet all the photos feel very calm, relaxed, and natural.  I think all the teams did a great job so show some love and vote for your favorite.


0 In Inspiration/ Photography/ Vintage

Hunting Inspired Anniversary Shoot

As a nearly life-long vegetarian, I am usually not one for hunting themed things.  However, as a serious lover of fine art & conceptual photography, when this hunting inspired shoot fell in my inbox, I was totally smitten.  Besides, this one has a happy ending for the hunter and the hunted.

According to the photographer Hilary Cam, the happy couple Chrissie & Gregg “are good friends of mine who were married this time last year. Chrissie is an acclaimed fashion photographer (check her work and shares my quirky sensibilities.”

For their 1st anniversary shoot, Hilary wanted to come up with a unique concept that was “truly out of the ordinary!”  Greg, who is a wild buck, is hunted by his bride and in the end is transformed into the handsome groom.

Oh, did I mention that these lovely folks are from Australia?  This dreamy location is in New South Wales and Hilary is based out of Sydney.

And now for the great transformation….

So what do you think?  Would you do something so conceptual for an anniversary shoot?  Personally I think it is a great way to do something unique and so different from everything else out there.  Why not do something so memorable and fun to celebrate!

0 In Flowers/ Inspiration/ Website

A Year in Review for Reenie Rose

Phew, we made it through the first week of 2012.

For the past couple of weeks, everyone has been reminiscing about the past year while preparing for the year ahead of us.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t doing the same.  This week has been about analyzing, reviewing and planning for 2012…and Indie Wed especially.  The thing is, we can’t help but look back on the past in order to plan for our future.  That being said, I am going to do my part and pay gratitude to all that made 2011 possible for Reenie Rose….it only seems right and a form of good karma for 2012.

So, here’s a year in review for Reenie Rose:


Kara & Mike

Florist:  Kehoe Designs

Photographer:  Rick Aguilar



 Rachel & Jason



Carrie & Bill

Florist: Event Creative

Photographer:  Studio This Is



Kelly & Andrew

Florist: Grapevine Floral



Paula Jean &  Brian

Florist:  Kehoe Designs

Photographer:   Stuart Rodgers Photography 



Laura & D.R.

Florist:  Elegant Creations

Photographer:   Brad Photographers and Video 



 Maureen & Kevin

Florist: Pistil and Vine

Photographer:  Darcy Demmel Photography



Sarah & Ernest

Florist: Blumen Design

Photographer:  Jaclyn Simpson Photography



 The paintings are lovely, but the vendors I work with are fantastic.  The people I continue to surround myself with are the ones that are helping to build Reenie Rose to it’s potential.

Just think, by the end of this year, I’ll have completed a full calendar’s worth…and then some.  2013 Reenie Rose calendars….I like that idea.  Is it too early to place orders?



0 In Engagement/ Inspiration/ Photography

Super Sweet Engagement Shoot

Every day my inbox is filling more and more with incredible engagement sessions and real weddings.  When I saw this one, I was so excited.  They are the most adorable duo and look like the type of couple I would want to know and hang out with.  When Emma from Honey Honey Photography sent this over I had to post it as soon as I could.

When the Redlands, CA couple, Melissa & Johnny, contacted Emma, Melissa was prepared with an inspiration board filled with images from film stills to Anthro catalog pages.  She wanted a casual feel but something that toes the line between a visual diary and a vintage editorial lookbook.

I mean look as those masks?  What struck me about the images was the fine art photography feel.  A mix somewhere between William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman perhaps?  The couple wanted to spend the day doing things they loved to do together which involved hanging out at home, picnics in the park, visiting antique stores and a vintage book/record shop.  (Believe me, if I showed you all the amazing photos Emma sent, this would be the longest post ever!)

I am hoping that once they get married, Emma will send pics of the wedding as it will be just as beautiful I am sure.  As Emma told me, “Their wedding will be held at a museum park where several historical houses stands (Very big fish, the movie, inspired) in March, so it looks like a little neighborhood, with rented vintage furniture, white christmas lights, and lots of DIY goodies. It’ll be a very small and intimate wedding!”  Do you think I’ll get an invite? ;)